Saltwater Fishing

You do not need a saltwater fishing license if you are:

  • A Florida resident 65 years of age or older who possess either a Resident Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate or proof of age and residency (for example, a FL driver's license).
  • A Florida resident who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, who is not stationed in this state, while home on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission or orders. This does not include family members.
  • A Florida resident who has been certified as totally and permanently disabled, who possesses a Florida Disabled Hunting and Fishing Certificate.
  • A Florida resident fishing who is fishing for mullett in freshwater with a valid Florida freshwater fishing license.
  • A Florida resident fishing for saltwater fish in freshwater from land or a structure fixed to the land.
  • Children under 16 years of age.
  • Fishing from a boat that has a valid recreational vessel fishing license.
  • A non-resident fishing from a pier that has a valid pier saltwater fishing license.
  • A holder of a valid individual saltwaters products license.
  • Any person who has been accepted as a client for developmental services by AHCA (Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration) or any licensed provider of services through contract with AHCA where such service involves the need, normally, for possession of a saltwater fishing license and such service is provided as part of a court-decided rehabilitation program involving training in Florida's aquatic resources.


Saltwater Fishing Rules and Regulations may be obtained by accessing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission's website. Information on seasons, limits, pictures of fish, and purchasing licenses online are some of the areas you can access.